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New Active Phase in EU/Ukraine Visa Dialogue

June 16, 2010
Interfax-Ukraine

High Representative of the European Union Catherine Ashton has said that a new active phase in the dialogue on visa free travel between Kyiv and Brussels has started and is likely to see its first results by the EU-Ukraine summit scheduled for this fall.

Ashton said this on Tuesday in Luxembourg at a press conference held after the meeting of the Ukraine-EU Cooperation Council attended by Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.

“On June 9, at the ministerial meeting, we agreed to move to what we describe as a fully operational phase of visa dialog. It means it will be based on an Action Plan that will take us towards visa liberalization. It’s a really important step,” Ashton said.

She expressed hope the two sides would be able to demonstrate their adherence to their commitments by the time of the Ukraine-EU summit.

Well dear readers, a “new active phase in the dialogue on visa free travel between Kyiv and Brussels has started”………….”at the ministerial meeting, we agreed to move to what we describe as a fully operational phase of visa dialog”. …….WTF?

What was the Ukrainian team of the past 5 years in Yushenko’s administration doing?  Who were they talking to?  What were they talking about?

(Yes I know that now with Yanukovych in charge the EU has to put up or shut up…….but what was happening for the 5 years previously?)

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